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The three worlds of welfare capitalism revisited

  • Sarah Brockhoff

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    (Bielefed University and University of Freiburg)

  • Stéphane Rossignol

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    (LED - Université Paris 8)

  • Emmanuelle Taugourdeau

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    (Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne)

We introduce a new way to model the Bismarckian social insuance system, stressing its corporatist dimension. Comparing the Beveridgean, Bismarckian and Liberal systems according to the majority voting rule, we show that for a given distribution of risks inside society, the Liberal system wins if the inequality of income is low, and the Beveridgean system wins if the inequality of income is high. Using a utilitarian criterion, the Beveridgean system always dominates and the Bismarckian system is preferred to the Liberal one.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:12018
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